What Leaders Need To Know About Workplace Learning

Some organizations don't pay enough attention to people development. To them, it looks like a detour, when it is actually a shortcut.

Not only that but with the right mindset it is something that:

  • Adds value to the day to day routine with minimal effort.
  • Delivers gains of 6 to 8 times the investment in time and resource.

Adults learn best through practical workplace learning projects supported by local leaders.

With the transitions that improved connectivity of digitisation provides, workplace learning is essential. There just isn't the expertise available to buy in and even if there were, those people would need to use workplace learning tools to become effective change agents.

Progress is accelerated when this is structured as a team based workplace learning activity. In addition, as learning and growth is part of the wiring up behind behaviours, workplace learning also impacts on workforce engagement, working relationships and the conversations that leaders have with their direct reports.

That means that team based workplace learning overcomes most of the common barriers to workplace learning as set out in the table below.

  Common Barriers Workplace Learning Countermeasure
1. Employees don't share knowledge Team based projects facilitate this by developing working relationships based on achieving a common goal.
2. Employees don't think that training will impact on their performance Workplace learning cycles of 3 months allow for the measurement of before and after application of training. When run as a team project this can target improvement priorities which are tracked as part of the local area management process.
3. Employees don't realise that learning can be done outside of the classroom Include opportunities to share lessons learned within the team as part of the preparation for mid project review and feedback sessions.
4. Company is growing too quickly to maintain product knowledge Invest time in keeping on top of this. Developing a communication plan is a useful workplace learning project. Aim to make it easy to share ideas and engage all functions in finding out more.
5. Employees don't believe their training feedback is heard Careful project selection will lead to application of the outputs. Walk the talk and people will listen!
6. Staff are spread across locations Common goals and shared projects provide structure for collaboration across sites.
7. Departments have a silo mentality Take care to align goals and engage key workers in cross functional projects. That creates role models who demonstrate how to break down barriers
8. Mandatory training is a snooze Link training to practical projects that fix pain points.
9. Local Leaders are not encouraging a knowledge sharing culture Projects are a vehicle for this. Make local leaders accountable for delivering improvement through cross functional teams. Recognise the success of those who do it well.
10. Employees in support roles lack product expertise Cross functional teams aid the development of knowledge and effective working relationships across functional boundaries. This opens the door to horizontal empowerment where people learn from each other.

In short....

.....Workplace Learning Programmes are an enabler for creation of a proactive culture and high performance teamwork.

The use of Workplace learning to transfer lessons learned back to the workplace is a key part of each DAK Academy Course approach.

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